Community Update - Petition to the Government of Canada re: Canada Disability Benefit

November 2021

In a September 2020 federal throne speech, it was announced that Canada would introduce a federal disability benefit, thereby guaranteeing income for people with disabilities across Canada. Following this announcement, a citizen-led movement was formed: Disability Without Poverty is a movement led by people with disabilities supported by families, friends, service providers, allies and organizations, to ensure that the government fast-tracks the design and implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit and prioritizes the active and genuine involvement of disabled people every step of the way, from start to finish. Disability Alliance leads the BC chapter of Disability Without Poverty, which recently formed in September 2021.

On June 22nd, 2021, the Government of Canada tabled legislation to create a Canada Disability Benefit. Yet, we have not seen any recent progress by the Government to pass this legislation.

To increase momentum, Disability Without Poverty has created a public petition to the Government of Canada. The petition is to “call upon the Government of Canada to place the implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit at the forefront of the political agenda by:

1. Fast-tracking the design and implementation of the Canada Disability Benefit; and

2. Actively and genuinely involving disabled people every step of the way to work alongside the government to make it happen.”

At the time of writing this, nearly 2000 members of the public have signed.

This is a formal petition organized by Disability Without Poverty through the House of Commons, which means that the Government is obligated to respond to the petition, and if we are successful to receive enough signatures, then the movement has a greater chance of having their voice heard in parliament. We encourage you to sign this petition and support the vital goal of a Canada Disability Benefit that the Disability Without Poverty movement is striving for.

Sign and view the petition here: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-3656.

Please share this petition widely within your networks!

Download a copy of this community update here:
Community-Update-Petition-to-the-Government-of-Canada-re-Canada-Disability-Benefit.

Download the Fall/Winter 2021 Edition of Transition Magazine!

Transition magazine cover. An image of a group of people standing, one is in the forefront holding a sign  that says 'Why does disability have to mean poverty." Additional text:  "Transition: The magazine of Disability Alliance BC. Ending Legislated Poverty' Top of page text: We Need a National Disability Benefit. Advocating for more humane benefits in BC.  Disability Without Poverty Movement."

Download the Fall/Winter 2021 edition of Transition magazine here: https://disabilityalliancebc.org/transitionfallwinter21web/!

The focus of this edition is Ending Legislated Poverty.

Our Transition team is always glad to receive feedback and to consider articles or creative work from our community partners and from people living with a disability. If you’d like to send along your ideas, we’d love to hear from you at transition@disabilityalliancebc.org.